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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

close_wait Politicians - Ignorant, Stupid, or Conmen? (393 comments)

it's a rocket. I'm not aware of them using Helium

Rockets often use compressed helium to maintain pressure in the fuel tanks as they empty

about a month ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

close_wait Re: good (393 comments)

Yeah. Overturning the Newtonian consensus really screwed up Einstein's career.

about 8 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

close_wait Re:Steyn is Slime (393 comments)

Yes, but we already know that hockey stick graph was misleading. Mann left off the warming and cooling trend of the Medival warming trend, aka, the right side of the valley, to show a hockey stick, not an elongated U.

We also know he had code problems, and his results are bad.

Fraud? Probably not.

Confirmation Bias? Probably.

Perhaps you aren't aware that at the time Mann produced the hockey stick, the nature of his research was to investigate underlying natural cycles of climate (e.g. El Nino); he wasn't particularly interested in the AGW aspect of it. His initial graph went back as far as the data available at the time would allow and be statistically valid.

I'd suggest people read Mann's book "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars".

about 8 months ago

Google Avoids Fine Over Street View WiFi Snooping, Ordered To Delete Data

close_wait Re:I'll bet that... (115 comments)

Of course they didn't deny they had it. *They* were the ones who told the authorities they had it.

about a year ago

Google Avoids Fine Over Street View WiFi Snooping, Ordered To Delete Data

close_wait Re:I'll bet that... (115 comments)

Google never wanted the data. They would have deleted it immediately when they discovered that bits of random traffic data had been logged along with the SSIDs (which was the bit they were after), except that would have been regarded as destroying evidence. So instead they notified all the relevant authorities and waited for permission and/or orders to delete the data.

about a year ago

Scientists Explain Why Chairman of House Committee On Science Is Wrong

close_wait Re:data sample question (476 comments)

We know due to lots of stuff, like tree rings and lake sediments. While they all have margins of error, they are all in broad agreement that the temperature rises in the last century have been exceptional. We also have CO2 data from ice cores that shows that for 0.5M years CO2 levels varied between about 180 and 280ppm, in step with the ice ages and Milankovitch cycles, while in the last 100 years it has risen suddenly to 400ppm.

about a year ago

CO2 Levels Reach 400ppm at Mauna Loa For First Time On Record

close_wait Re:The CO2 change IS NOT 40%! (497 comments)

The relationship between CO2 content in the atmosphere, and how much heat the Earth absorbs from / radiates into space, is basic physics, and has been well understood for a hundred years or so. Increasing CO2 from 280ppm to 400ppm will cause a significant heating of the atmosphere and oceans. Dismissing it because it's only 0.00012 is vacuous handwaving.

about a year ago

Judge Rules API's Can Not Be Copyrighted

close_wait Re:Good to Know (365 comments)

IANAL. IANA American. However, my understanding is that: copyrights are decided in federal courts. This decision does not establish any precedent, although of course people in other trials may reference it as a useful example of something clearly argued. If appealed, it goes to the 9th circuit, which covers a few states including California. If that circuit makes a firm ruling on the copyrightability of the SSO of APIs, then that is precedent-setting for all lower courts within the 9th circuit area. Courts in other areas are not bound by it, but may of view it as a useful example. If further appealed to SCOTUS, then any decision there binds the entire country.

more than 2 years ago

Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

close_wait Re:No. No it won't. (1226 comments)

Did you mention hydrogen bombs to him?

more than 2 years ago

Oracle and the End of Programming As We Know It

close_wait Re:The jury decides facts; the judge the law (577 comments)

and similarly, if the jury decide that that Google *did* copy the API (i.e. it wasn't fair use etc), then if after appeal it's decided that APIs are protectable, it avoids having to send the case back with a new jury to decide whether Google violated that copyright.

more than 2 years ago

Craigslist Donates $100,000 To the Perl Foundation

close_wait Re:Great! (99 comments)

Its not a leak, Someone has already commented in the ticket that if you repeatedly create and destroy perl interpeters, then you need to set PL_destruct_level, because otherwise, (for efficiency), perl doesn't completely free the old interpreter, on the asumption that you're about to call exit(). So, it's just that no one got round to marking the ticket as rejected.

more than 2 years ago

Serious Oracle Flaw Revealed; Patch Coming

close_wait Re:"Interlinked" databases? (100 comments)

No, the "ALTER DATABASE BEGIN BACKUP" was just how the issue was first discovered. The issue is that someone with *low* privileges on an obscure, minor DB server can bump the SCN on that server, which if it happens to be linked to any other servers (like your big important one), causes the SCN to get bumped on those servers. So you can DoS all the other servers.

more than 2 years ago

Boeing To Deliver First 787 Today

close_wait Re:A380 advances (366 comments)

So got a list of really significant stuff in the A380 other than the size and record amount of cabling?

Well, the A380 was the first civil airliner to really use composites. It has >20%, whereas prior to that it was 10%. See "Advanced materials" on the A380 wikipedia page.

more than 2 years ago

UK's NHS Will Drop Delayed E-Records Project

close_wait the £12B isn't what you think it is (86 comments)

In case anyone was thinking that £12B is a lot for a database, what that money *actually* represents is providing a large chunk of the NHS's IT infrastructure for the next 12 years; or £1B per year for the IT needs of an organisation with 1.4 million employees and an annual turnover of £100B. The central data spine (which is the bit suffering the biggest problems and delays) is only one aspect of the system: it includes everything from making X-rays digitally available, to providing the network connectivity to individual GPs. Much of this is already in place and happily working.

more than 2 years ago

Herschel Space Observatory Finds Precursors of Life In Orion

close_wait Re:Why did they wait 5 months? (142 comments)

Because unless you know what fried the primary controller, there's a good chance you'll just fry the back up controller too when turning it on.

more than 4 years ago

Bletchley Park WWII Staff Finally Recognized

close_wait Re:Polish Cipher Bureau cracked Enigma (122 comments)

Well, the Colossus wasn't "based on bomba technology", and was never used to crack Engima.

more than 5 years ago

The Environmental Impact of Google Searches

close_wait The numbers don't add up. (516 comments)

Say a cup of water is 0.25L, and its temperature is being raised from 20C to 100C. That requires 4200 x 0.25 x 80 = 84 kJ

Now lets be really pessimistic on the Google front. Suppose my search takes Google 1 second, and the search is distributed over ten 500W servers. That's 5 kJ expended. Lets double that to allow for the costs of spidering and indexing, and double again since the article mentions two searches per cup. Thats 20 kJ. Assume I spend a minute on my 30W laptop viewing the search results; thats another 2 kJ.

So We have 84 kJ verses 22 kJ.

more than 5 years ago

Toshiba Builds Ultra-Small Nuclear Reactor

close_wait Re:Lifetime cost (683 comments)

That should be $3.5M. A lot cheaper than students.

more than 6 years ago


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